The work of world-renowned Cincinnati-based artist Charley Harper has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Now it’s being used as a prop in the latest season of Netflix’s popular sci-fi drama, “Stranger Things.”
“Stranger Things” is back with a fourth season and is currently trending on the streaming service as the most-watched English-language show this week. Millions of fans across the country are taking to social media to weigh in on this season’s events, and the citizens of greater Cincinnati are no exception.
It was a snappy cameo and you miss it, but of course Harper’s artwork in the background of a scene from episode six, “The Dive.” If you’re looking for it, it’s visible at the exact time of 14 minutes and 36 seconds (when the gang enters the bedroom looking for Suzie the Pirate).
The artwork featured is a poster titled “The Desert”, commissioned by the US National Park Service in 1986. The poster explores the abundance and variety of life in America’s deserts – prints of this poster cost between $35 and $169.
Charley Harper’s official Facebook page posted a screenshot of the show and several local fans of the show took to Reddit to discuss the appearance.
Who is Charley Harper?
Harper is an American modernist born in Frenchton, West Virginia, in 1922.
Harper then moved to Cincinnati to study at the Cincinnati Academy of Art, where he remained until his death in 2007. He was famous for his wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.
Where to watch “Stranger Things”
“Stranger Things” is a Netflix original television series that debuted in 2016 and follows a group of young friends witnessing supernatural forces and secret government exploits in 1980s Indiana.
According to IMDB, the show begins with the disappearance of a young boy and the journey his mother, a police chief and his friends take to find him. This journey forces the group to battle terrifying supernatural forces to retrieve it. To avoid any spoilers, we’ll stop there and let you handle the rest of the research.
Click here to watch Season 4 of Stranger Things.